By Georgie Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
When I was growing up in Hayden, and while later living along Aravaipa Creek, I don’t remember that we felt that we needed to lock our house whenever we went somewhere.
In the 1960′s there were more travelers to our area because of the publicity of that area of Aravaipa Creek that would become the Aravaipa Canyon Primitive Area in 1969, and up until then Cliff and I didn’t worry too much because we trusted most of the many people who had to go through our property to enter the upstream inner canyon.
When we were living on our downstream property in the 1980′s, some men, called “Wetbacks,” walked up to our house on the hill, and they were tired and hungry.
One older man had an infected eye, and we invited them to sit at our outdoor patio table to eat some sandwiches I made for them. I had no idea where they were headed, but assumed they were looking for work.
I wonder that if we did that now if we would get in trouble with the law, and if it would be dangerous. There later come a time when Aravaipa Creek residents became aware that there had been stealing in the area.
One man’s friendliness and trust had ended up not so well for him. While on a trip, he had met a man who said he needed a place to stay one night, but this fellow traveler forged his host’s gift of a check for a larger amount of money.
Those who use a computer also have to be very careful because of fraudulent email messages. A person should never reply to, click or enter any personal information if a suspicious e-mail is received.
I once clicked on something that gave my computer a virus, because “porn” showed up and I couldn’t get rid of it. I was really embarrassed to take it to be repaired, thinking the repairman would think I watched porn, but he said what happened to the computer wasn’t unusual.
I felt better after he said that! It is too bad that we have to become so non-trusting!
Have you ever wondered why an apparently friendly person you wanted to be a friend to never reveals his or her thoughts or any personal information?
I am wondering if he or she may have become a non-trusting person as the result of having been emotionally hurt by someone in the past, or maybe there was something about his or her past that he or she didn’t want known.
However, maybe there was only the enjoyment of putting walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
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